Sample Vows

Sample 1

 

Good Afternoon.  I want to extend a warm welcome to the family of Amber and Tom who have gathered here today to celebrate their commitment to one another and to witness the joining of their two lives in marriage.

 

Amber do you take Tom as your husband?  Do you pledge to share your life with him, to love him, comfort him, respect him and protect him, in sickness and in health?

 

(I do)

 

Tom do you take Amber as your wife?  Do you pledge to share your life with her, to love her, comfort her, respect her and protect her, in sickness and in health?

 

(I do)

 

Please turn to each other to exchange personal vows:

 

Tom repeat after me:  I’m honored, Amber, to take you as my wife.  I pledge to be your loving and faithful husband, companion and best friend.  I make these promises in times of joy and in times of difficulty.  I promise to love and cherish you so long as we both shall live.

 

(Repeats pledge)

 

Amber repeat after me:  I’m honored, Tom, to take you as my husband.  I pledge to be your loving and faithful wife, companion and best friend.  I make these promises in times of joy and in times of difficulty.  I promise to love and cherish you so long as we both shall live.

 

(Repeats pledge)

 

These rings, without a beginning or an end, are the symbol of your love for one another.

 

Tom-place the ring on Amber’s finger and repeat after me:  I give you this ring as a symbol of my love and commitment to you and our new life together.  I give you this ring to serve as a reminder that I am always close to you.

 

(Repeats pledge)

 

Amber-place the ring on Tom’s finger and repeat after me:  I give you this ring as a symbol of my love and commitment to you and our new life together.  I give you this ring to serve as a reminder that I am always close to you.

 

(Repeats pledge)

 

You have decided to join as one in marriage.  The vows you speak today reflect the commitment you have made in your hearts.  May you continue to love one another forever.

 

Amber and Ian, we have heard your promise to share your lives in marriage.  We recognize and respect the covenant that you have made.  It is not me as a Judge standing before you that makes your marriage real, but the honesty and sincerity of what you have said and done.

 

With the exchange of your vows and your rings, and by the authority granted to me by the State of Washington, it is my distinct honor, to hereby pronounce you husband and wife.

Sample 2

 

Welcome:

 

Welcome family and friends. The holidays are a wonderful time when friends and loved ones gather together – and so Doug and Michael have chosen this season to share and celebrate their love for each other and their decision to make the lifelong commitment of marriage to one another.

 

It is only fitting and appropriate that you, their family and friends, witness and participate in their wedding. For the values, understanding and mutual respect which they bring to their marriage have their roots in the love, friendship and guidance you have given them. Doug and Michael are very happy that you are all here to share in the beginning of their life together. There are also many close at heart who are unable to be here, and others who have passed away but whose memory and spirit enriches this day. Today they especially remember Doug’s father, Peter.

 

Today’s ceremony witnesses the union of two people, two traditions, both Jewish and Christian. In their wedding ceremony, they have incorporated elements of both traditions that are meaningful to them. This ceremony reflects their vision of the commitment they are making to each other.

 

Words to the Couple:

 

As both of you know, marriage brings together the human elements of love, romance, friendship, respect, trust and commitment. When vows of marriage are exchanged, two lives become permanently woven together, a tapestry of unity and independence that is stronger then the two people who form it. Marriage is a lifelong promise of love, trust and compromise; a promise to give to a shared future while respecting each other’s differences. May yours always be a shared adventure, rich with moments of serenity, as well as excitement; vital with problems that test, as well as successes that lift; marked by a sense of freedom, as well as mutual responsibility.

 

Vows:

 

Doug and Michael have come together today to pledge to each other to be loving friends and partners in marriage; to talk and listen, to trust and appreciate one another; to respect and cherish each other’s uniqueness; and to support, comfort and strengthen each other through life’s sorrows and joys. They further promise to share hopes, thoughts, and dreams as they build their lives together. May they grow their lives ever intertwined, their love bringing them ever closer. They shall endeavor to establish a home that is compassionate to all wherein the flow of the seasons and the passages of life, as witnessed by their mutual traditions, are revered and honored. May their home be forever filled with peace, happiness and love.

 

Doug and Michael, have you come before us today, freely and without reservation, to give yourselves to each other in marriage?

 

(Couple answers)

 

Please join hands and face each other. Please join me in a prayer before Doug and Michael exchange their vows.

 

Michael, do you take Doug to be your husband, your best friend and love? Will you commit your life to him, embracing all the joys and sorrows, all the triumphs and hardships; and to love, honor and be faithful to him for the rest of your life?

 

(I do)

 

Doug, do you take Michael to be your husband, your best friend and love? Will you commit your life to him, embracing all the joys and sorrows, all the triumphs and hardships; and to love, honor and be faithful to him for the rest of your life?

 

(I do)

 

Blessings and Exchange of Rings:

 

May I have the rings please?

 

These rings in their unbroken wholeness are tokens of your union and your love. They mark the beginning of a long journey together for both of you; a journey filled with wonder, surprises, laughter, tears, celebration, discovery and joy.

 

Michael, will you now take this ring and place it on Doug’s left ring finger and repeat after me:

 

This ring symbolizes the unending union of my life with yours. Your dreams are now my dreams. Your hopes are my hopes. And your love is my blessing. With this ring, I thee wed.

 

(Repeats pledge)

 

Doug, will you in turn, take this ring and place it upon Michael’s left ring finger and repeat after me:

 

This ring symbolizes the unending union of my life with yours. Your dreams are now my dreams. Your hopes are my hopes. And your love is my blessing. With this ring, I thee wed.

 

(Repeats pledge)

 

And so it is.

 

May your rings always be the symbols of the unbroken circle of love. Love freely given has no beginning and no end. May your rings always call to mind the freedom and the power of this love.

 

Final Pronouncement:

 

Doug and Michael, having witnessed your vows of love and devotion to each other, and by the power vested in me by the State of Washington, it is my joy and personal privilege to pronounce you married.

Sample 3

 

Welcome family and friends. We are gathered together to celebrate Janice and Anne’s love for each other and their decision to make the lifelong commitment of marriage to each other. It is only fitting and appropriate that you, their family and friends, witness and participate in their wedding. For the ideals, understanding and mutual respect which they bring to their marriage have their roots in love, friendship and guidance you have given them. Janice and Anne are very happy that you are all here to share in this new stage of their life together. May you all have many new stages together for many years to come.

 

As you both know, real love in marriage is something beyond the warmth and the excitement and romance of being deeply in love. It is as much about the welfare and happiness of your marriage partner as about your own. But real love is not being absorbed in each other. Love makes burdens lighter because you divide them, it makes joys more intense because you share them. It makes you stronger so you can reach out and become involved with life in ways you dared not risk alone.

 

The beautiful thing about love is that it’s an experience we share with the whole of mankind throughout the world. And yet, to everyone who falls in love, it is the most unique, precious thing in the world. A really happy marriage is founded in love. There is nothing in life that love cannot change. Love is, of its nature, unselfish, understanding and kind. True love is a commitment of heart and mind. There can be no stronger bond to ensure a happy married life.

 

All the changes that you – Janice and Anne – have undertaken during the past two years and are anticipating in the future are perfect examples of the power of your love.

 

To share with you their feelings, Janice and Anne have selected three readings which are expressions of the meaning of their love for one another and the commitment of their marriage.

 

(Personal readings)

 

Janice and Anne have come together today to pledge to each other to be loving friends and partners in marriage; to talk and listen, to trust and appreciate one another, to respect and cherish each other’s uniqueness; and to support, comfort and strengthen each other through life’s sorrows and joys as they build their lives together. May they grow their lives ever intertwined, their love bringing them ever closer. May their lives and that of those around them be forever filled with peace, happiness and love.

 

(Personal vows)

 

May I have the rings please?

 

These rings are tokens of your union and of your love. In their unbroken wholeness, they remind us that the love between you two is infinite and the giving of love begets more love.

 

Anne, repeat after me. Janice, take this ring as a symbol of my devotion to you, of the gift of love that has come to us and my desire to live my life with you.

 

(Repeats pledge)

 

Janice, repeat after me. Anne, take this ring as a symbol of my devotion to you, of the gift of love that has come to us and my desire to live my life with you.

 

(Repeats pledge)

 

Anne and Janice, you have expressed you love to one another by the giving of a commitment and the promises you have just made. So it is with these in mind and by the authority given to me, that I pronounce you married.

 

Sample 4 (Vow Renewal)

 

John and Karie, it is a pleasure to share today’s very special occasion with you.

 

Many people believe that entering into marriage is the final step in a romantic relationship. As they see it, a couple meets, gets to know each other, falls in love, decides they want to go through life together, and then takes the final step – marriage.

 

But marriage is not meant to be the final step in a couple’s relationship – it is really just the beginning of a grand adventure, that hopefully, will be long and fruitful for each couple.

 

You have shared the joys, blessings, and yes, the challenges, of married life and, today you wish to reconfirm your commitment to working together to make your marriage grow and blossom in the years to come. May this ceremony, renewing your vows you took to become husband and wife on your wedding day, remind you that despite the challenges inevitable in every life, your love, respect, trust and understanding of each other will continue to nurture you and heighten your joy in living.

 

Please join hands.

 

John, will you continue to have Karie as your wife and continue to grow in this marriage?

 

(I will)

 

Do you reaffirm your love for her, and will you love, honor and cherish her in sickness and in health, for richer or poorer, for better or worse, as long as you both shall live?

 

(I will)

 

Karie, will you continue to have John as your husband and continue to grow in this marriage?

 

(I will)

 

Do you reaffirm your love for him, and will you love, honor and cherish him in sickness and in health, for richer or poorer, for better or worse, as long as you both shall live?

 

(I will)

 

John and Karie, it is with great pleasure that I conclude the ceremony of renewing your vows of marriage. Please celebrate this renewal of vows with a kiss.

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